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Underwood talks health care during McHenry County campaign stops

Democrat says people with pre-existing conditions must be protected

Residents in the 14th Congressional District got several chances Thursday to hear the story of Democratic candidate Lauren Underwood on the campaign trail.

Underwood made three stops in McHenry County to talk with voters during forum sessions. She stopped at Huntley High School to speak with students, traveled across town to talk with seniors at the Huntley American Legion Post 673, and ended the night at a National Coming Out Day celebration at Mixin Mingle in Woodstock.

At the American Legion post, Underwood shared her political origin story: a moment when she witnessed her opponent, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, say he only would support a version of Obamacare repeal that would let people with pre-existing conditions keep their health care coverage.

“Then he voted for the American Health Care Act,” she said, contending that the health care overhaul makes it cost-prohibitive for people with pre-existing conditions to afford health care. 

The 32-year-old Naperville native shifted to politics after President Barack Obama appointed her as a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her campaign has focused on health care reform, particularly defending patients with pre-existing conditions.

“My main obligation is to make sure we have affordable health care coverage,” Underwood said.

Other pillars of Underwood’s campaign include making sure counties crumbling under the opioid epidemic get the resources they need, lowering the price of prescription drugs and encouraging collaboration with President Donald Trump.

”Bipartisan is not a bad word,” she said. “We need to work together.”

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